Health benefits and leadership take center stage at this conference

Las Vegas sits in a desert but that’s where you’ll find an oasis of ideas and information on health and benefits leadership in just a few weeks—when HRE‘s annual Health & Benefits Leadership Conference returns May 3-5. And the conference comes at a time when leaders in healthcare and benefits are facing some of their greatest challenges, as the pandemic and other shifts have driven employees to desire more personalization in their choice of benefits and more inclusive benefits design.

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At HBLC, hear what health and benefits experts have to say on a range of crucial topics that aim to make you a leader with impact.

More from HBLC: Coverage of the 2023 event from Las Vegas

Who’s that talking at the 2023 HBLC?

Kicking off the three-day event is Jenn Lim, a best-selling author on the topic of workplace happiness and CEO of Delivering Happiness. Lim will provide actionable advice on How to Lead—and Succeed—with Happiness and Humanity. Taking the stage later in the week will be Josh Bersin, noted global industry analyst and CEO of The Josh Bersin Company, to share highlights of groundbreaking research on total rewards and also technology to support HR and benefits leaders.

Jenn Lim
Jenn Lim, Delivering Happiness

The conference will also offer a behind-the-scenes look at how two tech titans created successful workplace programs. Microsoft’s VP of global benefits and mobility Fred Thiele will delve into the software giant’s holistic wellbeing support template and Cisco’s director of global benefits Michelle Teixeira will provide a detailed look into the networking giant’s integrated benefits experience and creation of a future-ready engagement model.

Winning healthcare strategies, hot benefits, impactful wellness plans—oh my!

Rethinking healthcare amid changing times will loom large at HBLC, which features nine healthcare-focused sessions slated over three days. One session will explore healthcare trends and what employees want, while another session features a panel discussion to explore the current and future status of individual coverage health reimbursement arrangements (ICHRA) versus traditional healthcare insurance.

Hot benefits to attract and retain employees can give you an edge and this will be covered over the course of the conference, such as through Procter & Gamble’s session on caregiving support for employees, a topic especially important for the sandwich generation who are caring for both children at home and aging parents. Meanwhile, a session on student loan benefits and their increasing importance is particularly timely, given that the Supreme Court is expected to rule in the coming weeks and months on whether to block President Biden’s one-time debt-relief plan for student loan borrowers.

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Improving employee wellness is also top of mind for HR leaders and the half-dozen related sessions on this topic at HBLC will give HR and benefits professionals a firsthand look at winning wellness strategies. One session will examine the impact of financial wellness on employees’ mental health, while another takes HR leaders through the illuminating process of sharing their own mental health stories with employees to “walk the talk” and create a mental wellness culture

In addition to becoming a better leader on the mental health front, attendees can also embrace new ways of leading through sessions that focus on reclaiming empathy as a key organizational strategy to improving the way you communicate the benefits your organization provides.

Ready, set, go to the 2023 HBLC for health benefits ideas

With the conference days away, don’t forget to install the HBLC mobile app to track the sessions you’re interested in attending, schedule events and find your favorite exhibitors. You can also post your activities and conference takeaways at #BenefitsConf and keep up with news coming out of the conference.

Additionally, it’s easy to remember you work in human resources, but don’t forget you too are human. Take advantage of the HBLC refreshment breaks to recharge and socialize. And, remember, if you go looking for a clock posted on a wall in Las Vegas to know when it’s bedtime, you’re not likely to find one. So, make sure you have other means to track the time, be good to yourself and stay well-rested.

Dawn Kawamoto, Human Resource Executive
Dawn Kawamoto
Dawn Kawamoto is HR Editor of Human Resource Executive. She is an award-winning journalist who has covered technology business news for such publications as CNET and has covered the HR and careers industry for such organizations as Dice and Built In prior to joining HRE. She can be reached at [email protected] and below on social media.